Prunella vulgaris (Common Selfheal)

Prunella vulgaris, commonly known as Common Selfheal, is a member of the Lamiaceae family and is native to the contiguous 48 states of the USA, including Alaska. It is also found in various parts of Canada, including Alberta, British Columbia, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. In addition, it has been introduced to Hawaii and the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in France.

This herbaceous perennial plant typically grows in clusters and has square stems. It produces small, pinkish-purple or lavender flowers that bloom from late spring to early fall. One interesting aspect of Prunella vulgaris is its use in traditional medicine. It has been used for centuries in various cultures for treating sore throats, reducing inflammation, and as a natural remedy for some skin conditions.

Prunella vulgaris Information

Common NamesCommon Selfheal
Native to USA48 Contiguous States + AK
Introduced to USAHI
Native to CanadaAB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT
Native to FranceSPM
SizeUp to 20″ tall

While not a Texas native plant, Prunella vulgaris is adaptable to various growing conditions and can grow in a range of soil types and light conditions. It is a great plant for attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies and can be used as a border plant or ground cover in a garden.

Overall, Prunella vulgaris is a valuable addition to any garden, both for its aesthetic qualities and its cultural and medicinal significance. Its widespread distribution across North America highlights its adaptability and usefulness, making it a plant worth considering for gardeners in Texas and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Prunella vulgaris edible?

Yes, Prunella vulgaris is edible. Its leaves, stems, and flowers are all edible, and they can be eaten raw or cooked.

Is Prunella vulgaris an invasive species of plant?

Prunella vulgaris is considered an invasive species in some regions outside of its native range. It is native to Europe and Asia but has been introduced to North America, Australia, and other parts of the world.